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Blue Jackets Weekly Report: December 31 - January 6

by Blue Jackets Staff / Columbus Blue Jackets

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE (DECEMBER 31-JANUARY 6)

Columbus Blue Jackets (17-15-6, 40 pts.; 4th Place in Central Division)

   Date             Opponent/Arena - Time (ET)                                   Television/Radio Information

Mon., Dec. 31EDMONTON OILERS/Nationwide Arena- 6 p.m.FSN Ohio HD/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Wed., Jan. 2  at Anaheim Ducks/Honda Center -10 p.m.          No TV/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Thu., Jan. 3   at Los Angeles Kings/STAPLES Center- 10:30 p.m.No TV/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

Sat., Jan. 5    at San Jose Sharks/HP Pavilion at San Jose- 10:30 p.m.No TV/1460 The Fan, CD101.1 FM

 

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

  Team                    (Record/StandingPlayer to Watch

Edmonton Oilers (16-19-4, 36 pts./5th Place, Northwest Division)C Shawn Horcoff - Leads club with 16-18-34)

Anaheim Ducks   (19-17-5, 43 pts./3rd Place, Pacific Division)       D Scott Niedermayer - 1-3-4 in 7 games since return

Los Angeles Kings(14-24-2, 30 pts./5th Place, Pacific Division)   C Anze Kopitar - Leads club with 16-22-38

San Jose Sharks (21-12-5, 47 pts./2nd Place, Pacific Division)    C Joe Thornton - Ranks 11th in NHL with 13-31-44

 

THIS WEEKS PRACTICE SCHEDULE - CLICK HERE

*Times/Location Subject to Change and practices in the Dispatch Ice Haus are open to the public.

 

ROSTER REPORT

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Dec. 27 – Placed C Manny Malhotra (knee) and C Michael Peca (head) on Injured Reserve… Recalled C Andrew Murray and LW Joakim Lindstrom from Syracuse Crunch (AHL)… Dec. 21 – Activated RW David Vyborny off Injured Reserve.

 

OhioHealth INJURY REPORT:
LW Fredrik Modin (back spasms) is out indefinitely… C Manny Malhotra (knee) is day-to-day… C Michael Peca (head) is day-to-day… Man Games Lost to Injury: 108.

 

TEAM NOTES

*Jackets in December: The Blue Jackets have posted a 6-5-2 record in December… The club plays 11-of-14 games at Nationwide Arena in December and is 5-3-2 heading into New Year’s Eve… The best December in franchise history came in 2006 when the Jackets posted their first winning record in the month at 9-5-2… Columbus has reached 40 points in 38 games, which is the fastest in club history (43 games in 2002-03, 17-20-4-2).

*Standings Update: With 40 points in 38 games, Columbus has the same number of points as third place St. Louis (18-14-4) and one point behind second place Chicago (19-15-3, 41 pts.) in the Central Division standings and seven points out of fourth place (Division leaders rank 1-2-3) in the Western Conference… Columbus has gone 8-7-2 in its last 17 games after a 1-5-2 stretch from Nov. 7-21.

*Upcoming Opponents: Edmonton – Columbus is 5-16-4 all-time vs. the Oilers, including 2-7-3 at home… The Oilers have won three of the last four meetings in Columbus (Jackets won 4-3 in OT on Mar. 11, 2006) and won the first meeting this season 3-1 on Nov. 26… Anaheim – Columbus is 13-10-4 all-time vs. the Ducks, including 5-5-3 on the road… The Jackets are 3-0-1 at Anaheim since a 4-3 Ducks win on Oct. 14, 2005… Columbus is 1-0-2 this season, including a 2-1 SOL at Anaheim on Nov. 1… Los Angeles – Columbus is 13-12-1 all-time vs. the Kings, including 4-8-1 on the road… The home team has won 12 of the last 14 meetings… The Jackets won 4-1 at LA on Oct. 31 and 2-1 at home on Dec. 21… San Jose – Columbus is 8-15-2 all-time vs. the Sharks, including 1-10-1 on the road… The Sharks have won the last five meetings between the clubs in San Jose since Columbus’ lone road win in the series, 3-2 in overtime on Jan. 8, 2004… Columbus won the first meeting of the season 2-1 at Nationwide Arena on Oct. 27.


INDIVIDUAL NOTES

*All-Star Voting Update: LW Rick Nash and G Pascal Leclaire are among the players on the Western Conference ballot in the XM/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports. As of voting through Dec. 27, Leclaire was eighth overall and second among goaltenders with 165,499 votes, trailing only Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo (228,583). Nash is ranked 11th among forwards with 107,056 votes. Voting opened on Nov. 13 and continues through Wednesday, January 2. For the second straight season, the balloting process is entirely digital and extends through Jan. 2. Fans can “Vote Now, Vote Often” online at NHL.com to select the starting lineups for the 2008 NHL All-Star Game.

*Zherdev On Pace For Career Year: RW Nikolai Zherdev matched his career-high with 2-2-4 vs. Carolina on Dec. 29 to raise his season totals to 15-16-31 with 14 PIM and +3 in 38 games. He has tallied 10-10-20 in his last 20 games, has already surpassed his goal total from a year ago and is one point shy of matching the 10-22-32 he registered in 71 games in 2006-07. He is on pace to easily best the 27-27-54 he notched in 73 games in 2005-06.

*Hainsey On The Rebound: After being a healthy scratch for the first time in his Blue Jackets career on Dec. 18, D Ron Hainsey has collected 0-5-5 in five games and is riding a three-game point scoring streak (0-4-4). He leads all club defensemen in points with 3-17-20 in 37 games, which is tied for 20th among all NHL blueliners.

*Trio of Prospects Playing at 2008 World Junior Championships: G Steve Mason (2nd pick, 69th overall, in 2006 Entry Draft), RW Stefan Legein (2nd pick, 37th overall, in 2007) and RW Jakub Voracek (1st pick, seventh overall, in 2007) are all competing at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, which are being held in the Czech Republic from Dec. 26 to Jan. 5. Mason and Legein are playing for Canada, while Voracek is representing the Czech Republic.
 

 

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

HOCKEY FEST ON TAP FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 13: The Blue Jackets and their wives will be hosting the Third Annual Hockey Fest carnival and auction at Nationwide Arena on Sunday, January 13, from 2 to 6 p.m. Tickets for the event, which benefits the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation, are $10 and on sale now. Tickets are available at all FSN Ohio Blue Line locations or by calling Ticketmaster at (614) 431-3600.

 

BLUE JACKETS ON THE RADIO

The Coach's Show with Ken Hitchcock airs on WBNS Sports Radio 1460 The Fan on Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. with the Blue Jackets Head Coach and Blue Jackets play-by-play announcer on FSN Ohio Jeff Rimer.

Breakfast with the Blue Jackets Presented by Rise & Dine can be heard on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship station Sports Radio 1460 The Fan Sundays from 10 to 11 a.m. with hosts Mark Wyant and members of the CBJ broadcast team. The show will be broadcast live from the Rise & Dine in the Arena District located at 277 W. Nationwide Blvd.
 

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual game and group tickets for Blue Jackets games at Nationwide Arena are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Stores at the Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and the Mall at Tuttle Crossing, all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, by phone at (614) 431-3600 or via the internet at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

Huntington Green Seats: A minimum of 250 tickets are available for just $10 at the Nationwide Arena Box Office two hours prior to every home game.

*For information on season tickets or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.

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